Options for Initial Fuelling. Volume 3
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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In the United Kingdom, newly built submarines are fuelled where they are constructed at the Barrow-in-Furness shipyard owned by BAE Systems. Devonport Management Limited DML currently refuels existing submarines once their initial fuel load is depleted and defuels them at retirement. Sustaining separate fuelling and refuelling sites has meant sustaining two sets of nuclear fuel-handling licenses. This has proven increasingly costly in a regulatory regime that expects to see continuous improvement. Such cost increases have led the Ministry of Defence MOD to consider the possibility of consolidating its nuclear fuel-handling capabilities at the existing re-fuelling site at DML. If new submarines were fuelled at the DML dockyard, the Barrow yard could relinquish its nuclear fuel-handling license. Such a move could reduce expenditures on the current Astute-class attack submarine acquisition programme and future nuclear submarine projects.
- Submarine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies